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Isophorone 02-02-2004 05:13 PM

Rear washer - no spray
Hi all,

We have a 1999 SW2 with 48,000 miles on it. A few months ago, I noticed that the rear wiper works, but no fluid comes out of the washer nozzle. The spray motor sounds like it is trying to spray when I turn the knob. I tried using some wire to unblock it with no success. Any ideas? Now that it's winter the rear window is really dirty!

Also, How do you change the rear wiper blade (or even lift it up to clean off at a gas station)? Hte assembly does not lift up like the front ones do.

Thanks for any help you can give.


SLVR_Saturn 02-02-2004 07:23 PM

does the car sit outside? The line might be frozen.

not too long ago I had the same problem with my front sprayers :o: I was able to bring it in over night into a heated garage and tried it again the next morning and worked fine and has since that time.

Craig 02-02-2004 07:45 PM

At least your rear wiper works...the one on my '95 SW2 quit five or six years ago. But I'm getting a '94 SW2 parts car, so I'm hoping the wiper works on that one so I can swap it.

Isophorone 02-03-2004 11:08 AM

The car generally sits in a garage. Also, the problem started before the weather turned cold. The wiper itself works, it's just the washer fluid that doesn't come out. The front wipers and washer work fine.

Also, if you know how to lift up the rear wiper the way you lift the front ones, please let me know.

SLVR_Saturn 02-03-2004 11:24 AM

It may be that there just wasn't enough washer fluid to in the line so it froze up. As far as I can remember from the manual that rear wiper doesn't lift nearly as far as the front ones do.
(I'm doing this off of memory so I could be wrong, my car doesn't have a rear wiper, but, like I said I think I remember something in the manual about that....)

eljefino 02-03-2004 02:53 PM

When mine broke it was a plastic adaptor between the rubber hose and wiper shaft, inside the tailgate. Symptoms included blue stuff dribbling on the bumper. Fixing it looks like a pain so I turn on the wiper then run back there with a coffee cup full of water...

Ernie's 00SWP 02-04-2004 10:17 AM

You may just need to blow the line out... My SWP's did the same thing. Took it to Saturn Dealer and they found a spider had made her home in it causing it to clog up...

Ernie's 00SWP:zzz:

dieseljack 02-04-2004 06:38 PM

If it's broken, there's an inexpensive repair kit available from the dealer. It beats throwing $270.00 + for a motor assembly.

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